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Pelvic And Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit - Product Liability & Recall Lawyer



How A Medical Device Recall Lawyer Can Help

Although pelvic mesh has not yet been formally recalled by the FDA, expert advisory panel hearings on classification of the devices have occurred. Complications and adverse health consequences suffered by many implant patients are receiving increased regulatory scrutiny and attention. A battery of plaintiffs' lawyers is petitioning for an official recall.

Patients who have suffered adverse health consequences as a result of a pelvic mesh implant are urged to seek prompt medical treatment. After obtaining needed medical attention, it may be prudent to consult a personal injury or product liability attorney to participate in a free claim evaluation and consultation. Legal remedies in the form of monetary compensation for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and loss of consortium may be available, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case and jurisdiction involved. Time is of the essence in making any claim or filing any suit, as well.

What Are The Health Concerns Associated With Transvaginal Mesh

Between 2005 and 2010, more than 3,000 vaginal mesh injuries were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Higher-than-expected numbers of complications and injuries occurred during vaginal mesh clinical trials. Injury rates during trials surpassed the 15-percent marker for women who received vaginal mesh implants. The FDA, in response to negative results and information, issued a warning to patients and doctors in 2011 about vaginal mesh. The warning cited severe risks of using vaginal mesh and advised patients and their doctors that alternatives should be explored, if possible. Women with injuries of this type might wish to consult a pelvic mesh product liability lawyer.

Types Of Injuries

Pelvic mesh, pelvic sling, bladder mesh, transvaginal mesh and/or vaginal mesh support systems are utilized to assist women with pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. However, these support systems can unfortunately cause severe injuries and/or complications. Often, the complications occur after pelvic organ prolapse surgery or stress urinary incontinence surgery. Those injuries can include:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Infection
  • Hardening of the vaginal mesh and organ damage
  • Erosion of vaginal tissue and vaginal mesh erosion
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Bowel perforations
  • Bladder perforations
  • Blood vessel perforations
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Recurrence of stress urinary incontinence
  • Need for further surgeries, among other forms of harm and damage.

The pharmaceutical companies that manufactured and sold those support systems include:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • C. R. Bard
  • Boston Scientific
  • American Medical Systems.

What Are The Potential Legal Remedies

Pelvic mesh product liability lawyers assist women who suffer from injuries related to complications from pelvic organ prolapse surgery or stress urinary incontinence surgery and might be able to help them obtain significant monetary compensation for their injuries and health concerns. Compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, past medical treatment and costs, future medical treatment and costs, loss of enjoyment of life and similar types of damages can be awarded to women suffering injuries of these types from transvaginal mesh implants.

In many cases, the typical lawsuits filed are not medical malpractice suits against the doctors or healthcare providers who performed the procedures or surgeries. Instead, they are product liability suits against the pharmaceutical manufacturers for alleged defective medical devices and equipment. In some cases, class action lawsuits result.